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Station Nightclub Fire Survivor Advocates for Phoenix Society at Local Event

Rob Feeney, a burn survivor of the tragic 2003 Station nightclub fire and advocate for the Phoenix Society, spoke at a local golf outing, which raised $15,000 for the Society.

In 2003, The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, was the scene of the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in American history, killing 100 people. Pyrotechnics were the cause of the fire that spread throughout the building within a few quick minutes. In addition to the 100 people that died, nearly half of the 450+ people were injured. Rob Feeney was one of those injured.

As the guest speaker at the recent Illinois Burn Prevention Association‘s annual golf outing on June 20, Feeney spoke of his harrowing experience and described how a night out with his friends and fiance turned to tragedy, losing all but one friend to the fire.

As a burn survivor, Feeney now tries to help others in the same way that he was helped by the Phoenix Society. He explained how the society played a vital role in helping him meet the emotional challenges in recovery and ease back into everyday life. The Phoenix Society’s advocacy training programs also taught him how to handle media attention and speak to the media as a burn survivor.

Through his advocacy efforts with the Phoenix Society, Feeney testified at a Chattanooga, Tennessee, hearing to support a fire sprinkler ordinance that requires retrofits of eighteen nightclubs frequented by college students. The ordinance passed and will create safer social environments for patrons when the buildings are to be completed in 2013.

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